Monographs Details: Persea steyermarkii C.K.Allen
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1964. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part V. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-278.
Family:Lauraceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. The mountain slopes of Guatemala and El Salvador, 1300-4000 m. VENEZUELA. Amazonas: Rio Atabapo, common at edge of small laja, Rio Temi 1 hour below Yavita, 100 m, Maguire 29342.

Discussion:

Type. Guatemala, J. A. Steyermark 37061 (holotype: F, fragment at A).

Vernacular Name. Aguacate de montana.

Until the above collection was made, this species was found only in Guatemala and El Salvador. With its rather limited distribution it was surprising to find it collected in Venezuela and to have it noted as being common in this locale. A close relative of Persea americana, the common avocado, P. steyermarkii probably has an edible fruit and was carried at some time by m an along the water route up the Orinoco to its present location much as the more widely distributed P. americana has been.

Distribution:Venezuela South America|